To say Seiko has been killing it with Prospex this year is quite an understatement. I’d go so far as to say this has been their strongest year in recent memory. Or, at least my recent memory. From high-end SLA models to SafArnies to mid-tier modern reinterpretations, they’ve been firing on all cylinders. Best of all, the watches they are releasing aren’t just cool on paper, they’ve quickly become cult hits. Models like the SPB149 62MAS reinterpretation I reviewed here, or the SPB153 “Willard” Ed took for a test drive here, are some of the hottest dive watches on the market right now. With just a little under two months left to 2020 (phew), Seiko has just dropped a couple of watches that are once again going to get fans all riled up, the SPB185 and SPB187, two more mid-tier divers that continue the 6159/MM300 lineage.
Now Zach, you might be thinking, didn’t Seiko just release the SPB077, 079 (and a few others in that range), which are also mid-tier reinterpretations 6159/MM300? And the answer would be yes. But like with the SP149 and it’s similar 62MAS-born brothers the SPB051 and 053, the new SPB185 and 187 are further, dare I say, refinements on the theme with several substantial differences. One of which is the use of the newer 6R35 caliber, the rollout of which I would venture to guess is a driving force behind this new generation of Prospex divers.